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RE: Texas RV Dealer makes a good move

I think this is more of a logistical concern. I believe the end product will be better at the stores but this will allow Funtown to do a PDI before it leaves the area and be sent to the dealer network with a minimal PDI upon delivery. This cuts costs down significantly when most of the units are shipped to corporate in Cleburne and sent out to the other 11 stores. They already sell units alot cheaper than anybody else because of volume. I don't think this will have much of an effect upon the price. The initial cost of the new overhead will be justified and recouped eventually. They already did a pretty good job of PDI if you have seen the condition most units show up there. I found the back lot where newbies arrive and have seen the same trailers in the indoor showrooms with good results. Maybe this venture will allow quicker repairs at all the dealerships in case of repairs. This was my concern when shopping new a while back. At that time it was nothing for people to wait months on getting the trailer back. This had to do with all the new units being shipped to Cleburne and of course the number of units in need of repair and lack of space because of said volume. This in turn sometimes gave a less than ideal result in work performed.
elkfarmer 03/04/19 11:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone knowledgeable about fifth wheel construction?

I am just going by what I saw at the factory in 1998. I just watched as they picked a wall unit up and proceeded to adjoin the two. I did a lot of work on it but I never had a broken frame so didn't have to do what you are doing. From what I saw it was exactly as I wrote earlier. There very well could be some ears/flanges like JSO said on the underside. My model sat on the floor and was screwed up from the bottom into the aluminum wall structure. It was not fixed to the frame. If it is moving that much I think the screws in the top have pulled out and probably a bolt or two on the main deck has pulled loose as this is a vacuume bonded wall and very rigid. You will have to take the fiberglass off from the pin area to the bay opening and access the screws from underneath
elkfarmer 10/12/18 09:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone knowledgeable about fifth wheel construction?

The nose section sits on the sturdy floor. The wall structure is one piece lifted into place. I would assume the nose section is bolted down to the floor since(in mine) the frame ran inside the wall(in the coach) and was covered in carpet. The flooring extended out beyond the frame to allow the nose section to rest. You will probably have to drop the fiberglass around the pin to access these bolts. That's were I would start. Hope this helps.
elkfarmer 10/12/18 08:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone knowledgeable about fifth wheel construction?

They used a Sturdi wood floor that extended over the outriggers. The vacume bonded walls sat on the outside of this floor and was bolted through. The walls were connected with the vacume bonded roof. If the frame has been fixed the only logical conclusion is that one or more of the bolts holding the wall down have probably wallowed out and broken the base of the wall tubing that adjoins the two. They used a very thick aircraft grade aluminum that if this is the case you could probably send some lag bolts up from the bottom with adhesive and hopefully tie it down. The one I had for 16 years was not fixed to the frame as you are asking.
elkfarmer 10/12/18 07:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Roof Replacement

As a few others have said if it is just a puncture I would fill the hole with a good polyurethane and let it dry. Eternabond it and squirt dicor around the edges and leave it. Those trailers have a 1/2" deck. I don't believe a puncture would warrant a full roof replacement. Save the money for the next rig. A patch is no big deal. If the hole came through the interior luan hang a new smoke detector there..)
elkfarmer 09/13/18 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2007 Alpenlite 5th wheel manual

If that original manual was lost I don't believe it can be found unless you find someone with a similar model and is willing to scan 150-200 pages. The Defender and Voyagers were quite a bit different from the Limited's and Villa's but I assume the manual would be a complete construction schematic like the 05's and below. My manual was 180 plus pages and as detailed as a house plan. Might try some of the old dealerships in Washington, Oregon and California where most were sold. Good luck.
elkfarmer 09/13/18 07:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Top brands for quality

Since you want on the market today I will leave out all those that went under. Northwood. Only mass produced with in house frame left with very thick aluminum side wall construction and stout roof truss's. RV Factory maker of Luxe. A Lippert frame but strengthened somewhat. When Augusta owned I thought the best fit and finish I have seen since the old high end maker days. Riverstone Legacy. Lippert frame but it has an all steel deck. Only Forest River product that has it. Thick walls and fit and finish seem to be very good. DRV. Never been a big fan but lots of features. Look nice. Lippert frame and is boxed. Spacecraft. A custom manufacturer that will build anything. Take in a drawing on a napkin. They will build. In house everything. New Horizon. Custom unit also and seems to be the only 5 star rated. Uses polystyrene in walls like Teton and Nuwa use to. Best seems to be subjective to everyone but these units to me have something that seperates themselves from the pack.
elkfarmer 08/10/18 08:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheeler Question

Forgot to mention there is 3 dealers in Texas. Not far to get to from Oklahoma. Amarillo and Austin have dealers but mainly cater to truck campers and smaller travel trailers. We ordered ours through Hanner RV in Baird, TX right outside Abilene. They have a good website and usually keep 3 or 4 fifth wheels in stock along with many travel trailers of both Arctic Fox and Nash. They will be higher than getting something one further West. I wanted a closer dealer to work with if needed. Good dealership.
elkfarmer 08/08/18 11:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheeler Question

I live in Texas and was down in the Kerrville area a couple weeks ago when it was 104-108 the entire 5 days. I thought the trailer did a very good job in the heat. The air would cycle off if set at 81 just using the main air. If I turned the second air on the temp would get down in the mid 70's easily. The only time I used both airs was after we had been gone all day and wanted to cool it off in a hurry. I do have covers(textiline) for the windows that I use for such occasions. These along with the dual panes help.
elkfarmer 08/08/18 11:24am Fifth-Wheels
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